Department Of Correctional Services New Zealand

Department Of Correctional Services New Zealand

Department Of Correctional Services New Zealand, The Department of Corrections (Corrections) is the public service department of New Zealand charged with managing the New Zealand corrections system. Corrections’ role and functions were defined and clarified with the passing of the Corrections Act 2004. In early 2006, Corrections officially adopted the Māori name Ara Poutama Aotearoa.

We work with offenders in the community and in prison.

The Department of Corrections works to make New Zealand a better, safer place by:

  • protecting the public from those who can cause harm
  • reducing re-offending.

Each week we manage around 10,000 people in prisons and 30,000 offenders in our communities. Our 8,000 staff are committed to supporting offenders to help them address their offending and gain skills that will help them lead a crime-free life.
Corrections protects the public of New Zealand from those who can harm them, by:

  • making sure prisoners, parolees and other offenders in the community comply with the sentences and orders imposed by the Courts and Parole Board
  • providing offenders with rehabilitation programmes, education and job training that will turn their lives around and break the cycle of re-offending.

Corrections’ goal is to reduce re-offending by 25%.
Achieving this goal will see 600 fewer people going back to prison and 4,000 fewer people being reconvicted on community offences. But more than anything else, achieving this goal will mean there are 18,500 fewer victims of crime.


Contact us

Find our locations

Looking for the location of our regional offices, prisons or community corrections facilities? Find our locations around New Zealand.

National office enquiries

Phone: (04) 460 3000 (Mon-Fri 7.30am-5.30pm)
Fax: (04) 460 3263
Postal address:
Private Box 1206
Wellington 6140
New Zealand


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